triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Definition of trivia

: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts

Examples of trivia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Check out our daily must-see picks — plus news, celeb interviews, trivia, and more — in EW's What to Watch podcast, hosted by Gerrad Hall. Rosy Cordero,, "Confronting a Serial Killer subject Samuel Little makes shocking reveal about his teen mom," 16 Apr. 2021 But, really, the stars of Made for Love smashed the trivia game, easily answering questions about each others pets and previous acting gigs. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Cristin Milioti and Billy Magnussen Play 'How Well Do You Know Your Co-Star?'," 16 Apr. 2021 Each one of Jackbox's seven Party Packs consists of about half a dozen various party games that may involve funny prompts, trivia, drawing, or even freestyle rapping, amongst other amusing activities. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, "10 board games and game night activities that are actually fun," 7 Apr. 2021 There will be live music, trivia, karaoke and family events. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2021 guide to Milwaukee-area beer gardens: Estabrook, Hubbard Park, Whitnall and more," 7 Apr. 2021 The celebration will also include trivia, games and hourly line dancing for those celebrating in person and at home. Sergio Carmona,, "Israel’s 73rd birthday to be celebrated in South Florida," 2 Apr. 2021 The trivia helps even the playing field for someone who may know more about swing dancing than swinging a club. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "'Hamilton,' 'Wicked' and a hole-in-one? Kentucky theater turns stage into mini-golf course," 1 Apr. 2021 Get a golden ticket with zoo admission and participate in fun challenges like scavenger hunts, trivia and more. cleveland, "15 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, April 1-5," 1 Apr. 2021 Many Chart Beat columns, even early on, contained questions or trivia from readers. Billboard, "Billboard's Paul Grein Talks 40 Years of 'Chart Beat' Being Driven by 'The Best Tool of All: A Sense of Curiosity'," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of trivia

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

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21 Apr 2021

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“Trivia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of trivia

: unimportant facts or details
: facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known
Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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